Ripon College, established in 1851, is Wisconsin’s best-value private college and a national leader in liberal arts education, devoted to ensuring every student realizes their unique potential.
Ripon’s five-course Catalyst curriculum rigorously develops the 21st century skills employers seek while streamlining the path to graduation. Catalyst ensures students have extensive freedom to complete multiple majors and minors, study abroad and hold internships in four years.
Ripon offers more than 80 areas of study along with unique pre-professional programs that provide qualified students preferred and early admission into graduate programs, and in some cases, a fast-track to earning sought after professional degrees sooner.
Students are overwhelmingly satisfied with the amount of personalized attention they receive from devoted faculty and staff. Within six months of graduation, 96 percent of alumni are employed, in graduate school or student-teaching. Our annual alumni giving rate is among the highest of any college of our size.
Ripon is a member of the prestigious Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). The College competes athletically as part of the Midwest Conference and offers 21 NCAA Division III varsity teams. Ripon has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, and the average class size is fewer than 20 students.
The College is in the historic city of Ripon, Wisconsin—a friendly, safe community of just under 8,000 people. The campus comprises 250 tree-lined acres and 27 buildings, 10 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A sustainable campus, Ripon is home to the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy with 130 acres of native prairie, oak savanna, and wetland habitat in the making.
The recent $23.5 million addition and renovation to the athletics, health and wellness center includes new high-tech classrooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an NCAA indoor track, performance courts, fitness studios, athletic training center, an open air atrium, new conference and meeting spaces, and other enhancements. Other recent campus updates include an apartment-style residence hall; enhancements to the student union, dining facilities, student activity spaces; and an upgraded recital hall.